I think most of us can agree that Thrifting is never predictable.
When I leave the house in the morning it's always with that anticipation that I will find something amazing. After the story of the $14.14 Picasso painting from last week, I figured that I had as much chance as anyone to uncover a valuable signed piece of art. I even purchased 3 Mega Lotto tickets figuring my chances were good. After not picking one single number that came up though, I realized quickly that my odds were far better with thrifting than gambling.
Friday morning brought me to a very modern house in Santa Rosa. The normal crowd wasn't there and instead there were many women that I didn't recognize. I made a guess that it was the room stuffed full of American Girl dolls that brought them there. The second the door opened they all rushed to the dolls upstairs. There were elbows pushing, hands flying trying to grab them all and some confrontational words said between the lot of them. Thankfully I wasn't interested in the dolls and one brief look into that room was all I needed to stay clear. I didn't find much at this house in the end. I did buy a clown painting with a mysterious signature. If you want to take a guess of the name you can join the ATG Facebook group (which encourages you to post photos of your finds and mysterious items)
There was only one other sale that I went to and I walked away with a little pin marked faintly 18k. I still need to check it with my gold testing kit.
Saturday called for pouring rain which meant few sales. Keiran and I left early for a rummage sale in a small town called Forestville. It was held in a church and the die hard thrifters, waited under a tiny overhang together in the rain until they opened the doors. The sale was nothing like the rummage sale the week before. I struggled to find much of anything. Keiran did better than me with a new umbrella and a Jack Skellington Snuggie.
We headed back to Santa Rosa to one more estate sale. After that I was throwing in the towel and going home. It was miserable out and we were soaked and cold.
Thankfully we did stop at this sale. This was the sale that was very unexpected. They opened up two garage doors side by side in a townhouse complex and inside one garage must have been a few thousand books. The previous owner loved war, jazz and craft books. The other garage which held mostly household goods had most of the craft books as well as fabric. My eyes lit up at the sight of the craft books. Most were very modern and fabulous.
I bought three medium boxes stuffed full of books. To the point where I could just lift them and carry them to the van in the rain. I also bought another bag full of them. Soft cover books were 75¢ and hardcover were $2.00. The icing on the cake was the sets of Time Life music CD's. I bought 5 different sets and the majority of them were sealed. These are the kind that you see the informericals for. Pop Memories of the 60's is one example. A 10 disc set sold for $89.
This was my other find from the sale, a vintage Letter set for making titles for home movies.
The letters are made of something similar to chalk. They are quite heavy even though they are small. They measure about half an inch to 3/4 inch.
My last find of the weekend arrived on Sunday. Because we are saving money to buy a house, we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary frugally. Saturday we went to a matinee film to see Hugo. (one of my favorite films ever) I bartered the babysitting and we drank water with our popcorn. Sunday the family went to to the Farmer's Market and we had our meal there. We went out for yogurt afterwards and used our stamp cards to get 2 free yogurts which we all split. We were driving to go home when I spotted a Yard Sale sign. My loving and now trained husband started following the arrows with little encouragement from me.
It was there that I bought 2 signed pieces of art by Irving Amen. So they weren't Picasso and they weren't worth nearly as much but I loved them. Dave actually brought the one above over to me which impressed me. I didn't know who it was at the time but I could tell that it was quality and I adore woodcut art. Some of his pieces sell between $50 and $180 on eBay. I told Dave when we got back in the car that this was the best anniversary gift ever. We couldn't have planned to accidentally run into a yard sale on a Sunday afternoon and find signed art. We did though and it completely made my day.
Thank you so much for all the anniversary and 800th post wishes. I loved reading every one of them.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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